Last year Converse unveiled the new Chuck Taylor All Star II, a redesign of its classic basketball shoes.
Now, the brand has revealed its first collaboration around the All Star II. The Futura Collection – named for and designed by the pioneering New York graffiti artist Futura – features both high-top and low-top versions of the sneakers.
Each shoe is covered with a weatherized rubber upper that is adorned with Futura’s original camouflage-inspired artwork. The sneakers also come with collectible footbeds, cushioned insoles, that bear Futura's designs.
“I wanted to create a Chuck II that embodied by approach to art and life," says Futura. "From the camo to the weatherised rubber, this collection is made for function and style, for getting out of the streets and unleashing your creativity.”
The collection also includes a raglan tee and a ski mask, both with Futura’s trademark camouflage designs.
Founded in 1908 in Malden, Massachusets, Converse began manufacturing its All Star shoes in 1917. A few years later the basketball player Chuck Taylor complained of sore feet, and Converse employed him as brand ambassador. The now rebranded Chuck Taylor All Star quickly became a huge success.
In 2003, Converse was acquired by Nike, which introduced its Lunarlon foam impact-absorbing technology and micro-suede lining into the design for the Chuck Taylor All Star II.